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Know What Causes Your Ford Bronco Transmission to Fail
Transmission repairs can be really expensive, and while you can\'t exactly avoid getting your Ford Bronco transmission toasted, you can prevent it from happening again. Just make sure to keep up with the transmission maintenance and replenish the fluid on schedule. Flush the old transmission fluid from time to time and replace the filter along with it. Flushing it all out would get rid of contaminants and rust particles that may have already built up, which can compromise the entire system. But aside from doing all these, it also pays to know the most common causes of transmission failure.
Loss of transmission fluid
The transmission fluid is part of a closed system and is not being burned off or consumed by the vehicle, so technically, it shouldn\'t get low. Losing transmission fluid by means of a leak is the primary culprit that causes trouble in the transmission system. Because if the fluid isn\'t enough, it can\'t properly lubricate, clean, and condition the seals and act as the hydraulic fluid, causing the engine to jerk and stop working. Monitor your vehicle\'s transmission fluid consumption and make sure to immediately address any leaking issues.
Too much heat
The ideal transmission temperature is 200 degrees and that is already the maximum. Any further than that can cause serious transmission problems that will eventually kill the system. Once the transmission starts to get hot, it will give off a sweet smell and that should already be your cue to let the transmission have a break and let it cool down. If it gets too hot, it will spit off a fluid from the vent, which almost always mean a transmission overheat is coming.
You can invest on two things that\'ll help your transmission avoid overheating: a temperature gauge and a transmission cooler. The temperature gauge is easy to install, inexpensive, and could also come with a warning light that would allow you to monitor the transmission temperature easily. The transmission cooler, on the other hand, would provide additional protection from overheating and would aid the radiator in preventing your transmission to become toasted.
Whether your Bronco is a manual or an automatic, a little bit of slip in the gears shouldn\'t be taken as a problem as it will prevent you from being thrown into the back seat every time you shift from one gear to another. But if it takes more than 2 seconds to shift, then there is a problem already. If the transmission is spontaneously slipping in and out of a gear, then a problem is also present. You need to check on the link that holds the gears as well as the spring in the regulator. One of them may have already gotten too worn out or broken and will need replacement.
If you have the manual, there could be times wherein your vehicle would not shift after engaging the clutch. When that happens, the first thing to look at would be the transmission fluid level. If it\'s just enough, the clutch linkage or shift cables may need some adjustment. And if that still doesn\'t fix the problem, then try resetting the computer system by detaching the battery for 30 minutes and allowing the system to reset itself afterwards.